School-Connect Institutes

The School-Connect Institute directly prepares participants to implement School-Connect in their classrooms and provide staff training in their school or district. This year’s institutes will include training on the new SEL Integration Guide.

This engaging training provides an overview of social and emotional learning (SEL); curriculum concepts, strategies and implementation options; practice in facilitating student-driven discussions and engagement strategies; and links to academic motivation and skills.

Participants consistently rate this interactive training highly and say it increases their confidence, enthusiasm, and commitment to SEL and academic success for their students. School-Connect recommends that school teams attend to better facilitate implementation in their school or district.

School-Connect 2020 Institutes

All Institutes sold out last year. Register early to reserve your spot.

What? When? Status
April Institute in Austin, TX April 1-3, 2020 Cancelled
June Institute in Austin, TX June 16-19, 2020 Cancelled
June Institute in Oxnard, CA June 22-24, 2020 Cancelled
June Online Institute June 22-25, 2020 Registration Open
Last Day is Optional Module 4 Training
NEW! Online June Institute
July Online Institute July 14-16, 2020 Registration Open
NEW! Online July Institute
July Institute in Reno, NV July 28-31, 2020 Registration Open
Last Day is Optional Module 4 Training

In-Person Institute Overview & Schedule

Day 1 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Evening reception
  • Kick-off and introductory session
Day 2 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Building a successful SEL program and class climate
  • Facilitating student engagement strategies
  • Module 1 overview and lessons
  • Student panel with School-Connect alumni
  • Breakfast pastries and delicious full lunch included
Day 3 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Modules 2 & 3 content and strategies
  • Implementation planning & S-C teacher panel
  • Breakfast pastries and another delicious full lunch included
Optional Day 4 8:30am - 12noon
  • Module 4: Preparing for College and the Workforce overview and implementation
  • Breakfast pastries included

Online Institute Overview

Our online Summer Institute offers much of the same information and interaction as our in- person Institutes. Facilitator Keeth Matheny has been leading online trainings frequently since COVID-19 school closures. Keeth has a great way of bringing online trainings to life with interactive discussions, breakout groups and time for self-reflection and application. Online Institutes have the advantage of being accessible to all communities and less expensive than an in-person Institute.

Institute Facilitator

R. Keeth Matheny
Model Teacher & Co-Author

Facilitator R. Keeth Matheny, M.S., is a national award-winning teacher and School-Connect co- author. He was the 2015 recipient of the National Dropout Prevention Center’s Crystal Star Award for Excellence in supporting student success. He teaches an innovative course, MAPS (Methods for Academic and Personal Success), which has helped reduce freshman failures by 41% and discipline referrals by 71% at Austin High School over a four-year period.

Keeth is a frequent public speaker and keynote on social and emotional learning (SEL), student engagement, and relationship supports for educators. He has presented at two U.S. Capitol Hill briefings in Washington DC and more than a dozen national education conferences.

His work has been featured in national webinars, magazine articles, and journals of best practices. As a member of the Aspen Institute’s Council of Distinguished Educators, he is directly connected with SEL leaders and practitioners, current research, and best practices in the field. In the past four years, Keeth has helped launch SEL programs at over 250 schools.

Institute Registration Cost

In-Person Summer Institute: The “Early Bird” special for the S-C Institutes is $495 per person for teams of four or more, or $545 for individuals. Add $80 to attend a third, half-day for Module 4 training at the Austin Institute on June 19 and the Reno Institute on July 31, 2020.

Thirty days before each institute the price goes up to $545 for group members or $595 for individuals plus $90 for the optional Module 4 training.

If coming from out of town (more than a 90-minute commute), plan on arranging lodging for at least two nights including the night of the reception. Hotel reservation information and prices are available through the reservations link for each institute in the boxes to the right.

Attendees should purchase beforehand the School-Connect: Modules 1-3 curriculum.

Online Summer Institute: The three-day online Summer Institute is $250 per person. Participants need access to Zoom.us and a computer with audio and video capacities.

What Participants Say About School-Connect Trainings...

“Thank you! This was the most useful PD I've had in my 20 year career. I can't wait to implement these lessons into my classroom.”

“Thank you! Amazing stuff! I wish I had this education as a kid!”

“I have never been so moved and knowing that kids need emotional ties will make me work harder to teach them!”

“The training was well organized and extremely interactive! The materials were presented well and organized with numerous examples and activities.”

“I wanted again to express to you how much I enjoyed your presentation, your style is captivating and the material was fantastic!”

What? June Online Institute
When? June 22 – 25
10am – 4pm (CST)
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch Break
4th day is Optional Module 4
Where? Online via Zoom.us
Cost? $250/person
$50/person Optional Module 4
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What? July Online Institute
When? July 14 – 16
10am – 4pm (CST)
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch Break
Where? Online via Zoom.us
Cost? $250/person
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What? June Institute in Austin, TX
When? June 16・4:00pm – 6:00pm
June 17・8:30am – 4:30pm
June 18・8:30am – 4:30pm
June 19・8:30am – 12noon
4th day is Optional Module 4
Where? Holiday Inn - Town Lake
20 N. I-H 35
Austin, TX 78701
Cost? $545/person Individual Price
$495/person Group Price
+$90/person for Module 4
INSTITUTE CANCELLED
What? April Institute in Austin, TX
When? April 1・4:00pm – 6:00pm
April 2・8:30am – 4:30pm
April 3・8:30am – 4:30pm
Where? Holiday Inn - Town Lake
20 N. I-H 35
Austin, TX 78701
Cost? $545/person Individual Price
$495/person Group Price
+$90/person for Module 4
INSTITUTE CANCELLED
What? June Institute in Oxnard, TX
When? June 22・4:00pm – 6:00pm
June 23・8:30am – 4:30pm
June 24・8:30am – 4:30pm
Where? Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort
2101 Mandalay Beach Road
Oxnard, CA 93035
Cost? $545/person Individual Price
$495/person Group Price
+$90/person for Module 4
INSTITUTE CANCELLED
Converted to Online Institute
What? July Institute in Reno, NV
When? July 28・4:00pm – 6:00pm
July 29・8:30am – 4:30pm
July 30・8:30am – 4:30pm
July 31・8:30am – 12noon
4th day is Optional Module 4
Where? Peppermill Resort
2707 S. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 93035
Cost? $545/person Individual Price
$495/person Group Price
+$90/person for Module 4
Register Now